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What a Wonderful Place (2005)

Eize Makom Nifla (original title)
Sergey works for Franko and is responsible for the girls, Franko pays him to watch the girls. Sergey does not treat them very well.

Director:

Eyal Halfon

Writer:

Eyal Halfon
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Uri Gavriel ... Franco
Evelyn Kaplun ... Jana
Avi Oriah Avi Oriah ... Zeltzer
Yossi Graber ... Mr. Aloni
Yoav Hayt ... Yoav Aloni
Raymond Bagatsing ... Eddie Longo
Chedpong Laoyant Chedpong Laoyant ... Vissit
Marina Shoif ... Julia
Evelin Hagoel ... Ahuva
Gilya Stern ... Tova
Mymy Davao ... Nenny Longo
Dvir Benedek ... The Boss
Michael Rozhetsky Michael Rozhetsky ... Sergey
Olga Titov Olga Titov ... Hollywood Girl
Julia Talis Julia Talis ... Anna
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5 Russian girl are brought to Israel for prostitution,one of them (Jana) loses her bag near the border,she has her photos there...Zeltzer finds it,he has a farm in Negev (Israel's desert),where Philiphines works for him,they prepare for their king's birthday,for this purpose they want to catch animal,but it is forbidden and Yoav Aloni tries to catch them,he also sleeps with Zeltzer's wife,who is overeating (?) man..Yoav's father is old man,he was an army man,but now he is invalid.Franco was a policeman,but has lost a lot of money in illegal casino (casino's are forbidden is Israel),so he has to work for the Boss (he has brought those girls) now...Jana has birthmark on her face,so the Boss don't want her to work as prostitute...Franco feel sympathy to Jana and wants to help her... Written by Ilia Ginzburg

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Selected as the 2005 Israeli submission to the 2006 Oscars in the Best Foreign Film category. See more »

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poignant and funny, intelligent and moving
7 October 2006 | by doskoSee all my reviews

A great film, with excellent actors. A "mosaic" with a number of plots skilfully joined together (maybe the way they do is a bit unrealistic, but strange things do happen in real life). The topic (the hardship of immigrants' life, prostitution, addiction to gambling etc.) may be off-putting, but surprisingly the filmmakers use it to prove that one can remain humane in inhumane conditions. Even the most likable characters here have their "flaws", which makes them believable. We relate to them and attach to them emotionally - this is why the film "stays" with you long after you leave the cinema. An eye-opener for those who don't care much about all those foreigners from poorer countries who are "mushrooming" in their affluent ones. The problem is I'm not sure if such people would be interested in seeing such a movie, but I do hope so.


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22 September 2005 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

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